(Chinese, active c. 1324-after 1375)
Handscroll, ink on paper
Painting only: 26.7 x 110.5 cm (10 1/2 x 43 1/2 in.)
Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1997.92
This episode stems from the life of the historical Buddha, who, after his enlightenment, was initially hesitant about preaching his own doctrine. After much personal deliberation and prodding by deities, he finally relented. The first converts were the five guards who served him when he was still a prince. For Li Sheng, this is the pretext of the painting, which moves from the interaction of the bhiksu with the Buddha to a broader awareness of the vast surroundings of the scene.
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